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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus apartments are very nice at Northeastern. Many students live off campus and really enjoy their apartments. They can be less expensive than on campus housing as well.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Expansive, great views, spacious, very nice. The newer dorms are unbelievable and they are really trying to renovate and expand the freshmen dorms as well.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Lots of Places to Go – It's in the center of Boston so there is never a dull moment. Even when there is nothing on campus, the boston common is a T-ride away, there are movie theaters everywhere. The MFA is right on campus pretty much. You can also go to newbury street for shopping :)

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Process Is Slow – Usually they do a great job at finding you the scholarships. But if they need more documents to process yours, they don't start the process until every paper is sent in from you, and they don't ask you for them until the very last minute so your process starts too late to get the good scholarships.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Price Are High – Dining halls food is ok. The prices are too high (eating at a restaurant is cheaper than in dining hall) and usually way too crowded because of the increasing number of freshmen.
But if you want to skip cooking for a day and hang out with friends at the dining hall, it's great. cookies are delicious here too.

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1 College Junior

Party Scene: No Fun Until You're 21 – They are some house parties for those under 21 but some can be far away. Boston has a city-wide policy against 18+ clubs so there are some clubs that have a 18+ night but usually people don't like it as much as the house parties. Once you're 21 though, the city becomes an amazing place to be.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Northeastern isn't as good as it should be with financial aid. Scholarships are hard to come by but if you get one it's usually a decent one. After your first year the best thing is to apply for grants. Some people in the financial aid department are wonderful and others not so much. Just make sure you have all your forms in order each year.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Depends on Where You Go – The campus is very safe but on the edges is where you may find trouble. One side has what is called "The Fens" where during the night a lot of people go to smoke. It's not scary to be in since there are emergency call buttons throughout but it is pretty sketchy. Ruggles can also be a sketchy place to be in and there are the occasional thefts there.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Very Diverse Choices – Northeastern's dining halls are probably the best in the city; International Village actually did win an award. There is always someplace to eat and the workers are very friendly. Stetson East has a lot of typical food like pizza and burgers, but the real gems are the vegan/vegetarian room and bakery. Stetson West has a make your own stir-fry bar just be prepared to wait. International Village has the most choices, including a sushi bar, and vary a lot more than the others day to day. I personally like the soups which come from Au Bon Pain. There is also an on the go place which is a huge time saver when you have a short time between classes.

3 College Junior

Administration: Campus Police Are Strict – Depending on the time of the semester, the campus police are very strict with off-campus parties. Sometimes they are lax and only respond when neighbors complain or the parties are very obvious. Towards the beginnings of semesters the have a tendency to follow groups of more than 4 people to see where the party is. I have seen them hide in packs to catch the clusters of people who are drunk.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Sarah Angela Ocic – I believe even though I am taking on a double major, I can assure that I will succeed in the help of my school.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Sarah Angela Ocic – I think the transportation should run a little later in the evening since we have evening classes, and I do not drive so it makes it a little inconvenient.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: But I Dont Have a Car – I have friends that have cars, and I never hear them complaining about parking at school.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Students, Lots of Choices – Drugs and alcohol are very common. People are from lots of different places and they all have different habits with the consumption of both.

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3 College Senior

Majors: Simple to Get Into, Hard to Switch Programs – As an undeclared freshman, it was relatively easy for my to delare my major, economics, at the end of my first year at Northeastern. The process is simple, given you have the required GPA. I know, however, that it can be difficult to switch majors if the major you are switching to is in a different "school" than the one your current major is in. For example, the business school and the school of health sciences are known to be difficult to transfer into. Furthermore, the requirements are so strict in each major that if you wait too long in your college career to switch, you may not have enough credits left, and will therefore be taking more classes to fulfill your new major requirements.

3 College Senior

Parking: Expensive but Not Necessary to Have a Car – Unless you need to regularly travel outside of the city, there is no real need to have a car on campus. The public transportation will get you where you need to go, otherwise taxis are readily available. If you do have a car, be wary of travelling in and our the city during weekday rush hours - the traffic is awful! The parking situation is manageable, although not ideal. You can either buy a moderately priced (as far as city parking goes) semester-long pass. Otherwise you can buy individual 24 hour parking passes from the Student Financial Office if you only need to keep your car on campus short-term. I highly recommend this option, as this is the best deal for parking in the city. I regularly keep these 24 hour passes on hand, just in case my family or I need to drive into Boston for any reason.

3 College Senior

Majors: I've Learned So Much, but Undecided on a Career – I would absolutely choose to major in Economics if I could do it again--I came in undecided and I only wish I had known earlier what major I would choose. I have learned so much not only from the experienced professors but also from my peers. The majority of professors are very animated about their subject matter and can make even dry topics seem interesting. I have had professors go above and beyond and bring in guest speakers periodically. These were often established and/or published professionals in their field, and it was a great way for me to learn of potential career paths. Despite all that I have learned during my time at Northeastern so far, I am still hesitant about what I would like to do upon graduation. The co-op program has helped me choose a track: I've done two co-ops so far, one of which I could never do for an extended period of time, the other being one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope that I can gain even more experience with my third co-op. The co-op placement program that Northeastern offers is truly like no other, and I know I would never have landed my co-ops without Northeastern's established connections. I can not say enough about this program.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Helpful but Not Over-Generous – Northeastern gave me a modest merit scholarship when I was admitted. This was signficantly more than Boston University, which had not given me any financial assistance. Since I did not actually receive any need-based aid from any of the schools I applied to, I was very grateful for the merit scholarships I did receive. Northeastern has been very accomodating, and half of my schoolship was even applied toward my Dialogue of Civilizations in France last summer. Dialogues are only half a semeter's worth of classes, but having the scholarship was really helpful for paying for this trip. Northeastern also provides plenty of opportunities to apply for other scholarships as well - sometimes they are not well advertised - but if you know where to look, you can definitely get some more finanical assistance from the school.

4 College Senior

Majors: Great Sense of Community Among Peers – I'm in Northeastern's College of Social Sciences and Humanities in the Economics program. I have found that the all my professors have a great amount experience in different industries related to economics. It has been a great way to get a feel for different possible career paths, just by listening to their anecdotes. They professors may be tough on us, but that often spurs a kinship and sense of community among the class. Forming study groups is very important, and I have learned how valuable that can be in the learning process. Furthermore, this provides a great chance to network among your peers; doing this often leads to intern or co-op opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I realized after being accepted into NU that they look more at who you are as a person than at exact grades/ scores. Sure they want smart people, but part of the whole experimental education thing is admitting students who are out-of-the-box thinkers and who they think would thrive in the slightly different type of school environment. A lot of people who I have talked to had no clue why they got in, since people like their valedictorians/ extremely smart friends got rejected. All of us admitted folk had one single thing in common, and that was that we all are extremely involved in our communities have global experience/ insight.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: There are always computers available whether you are in the library or the computer labs. However, having to use your computer for every paper/project you have could be a little difficult. Also, most people use their computers in class to take notes or work on things so a computer is really a must have.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Decently Safe – Being in Boston, you have to expect some degree of danger. However, places are pretty well lit and there are often other people walking around. Northeastern also has a very good safety officer presence.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston Is Sweet – Northeastern is centralized in the city of Boston, surrounded by tons of other colleges and universities, and a hop, skip and a jump away from endless restaurants and entertainment. The North End, one of my favorite spots, is less than 20 min away by green line, which makes any night on the town, or date night easy and fun. The T, in general, makes it easy to get around for a reasonable fee. You can even get to the shore by train.

3 College Junior

Majors: i did my first co-op at beth israel 12.50/hr plus a differential for evenings nights and weekends ( mass general and spaulding pays the most). Will begin my second one with Brigham starting at 14.30/ hr plus differential for evenings, nights and weekends

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: co-op is the best offers you real life experience in your field and a potential job when you graduate


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Overall, Northeastern University is a well-rounded school that offers a wonderful college experience and a high-quality education. The campus is beautiful and offers a quiet respite from the larger city of Boston. Northeastern exposes you to city life while still allowing you to feel a sense of community in its enclosed campus. The faculty is helpful, and it is fairly easy to get in touch with the right staff members to assist you with your needs. The co-op program puts you ahead of the game when it comes to job connections, industry knowledge, and professional experience. Most Northeastern students who partake in the co-op program graduate with two or three entry-level jobs on their resume. 

The downsides at Northeastern are minimal. Parking can be difficult because the school is in the middle of Boston. But most students feel that Northeastern offers a unique college experience that allows you to enjoy your college years while getting ahead in your career.

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